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Trump’s Tweets Are Freaking Out America’s Closest Allies

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross
9th January 2017 - Quoted by Mitch Prothero, Nancy A. Youssef - BuzzFeed

Intelligence services across Europe are growing increasingly worried that President-elect Donald Trump’s unpredictability and impulsive tweeting could harm intelligence-sharing agreements with the United States.

“Cooperation comes from a sense of trust in the other side’s motives and competence,” said a European military intelligence official, who asked his country not be named to avoid a political fight with the incoming administration. “If the leadership of the US behaves in an inept or unpredictable way, obviously that will hurt cooperation on issues like Russia,” the official said.

Trump has spent weeks slamming US spy agencies for their conclusion that Russia secretly attempted to swing the election for him, going so far as to mock their work in favor of WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange, who asserted that a “14-year-old could have hacked” Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman. Even in the hours before Trump was briefed Friday by the heads of US intelligence, he continued to call their reports of Russian subterfuge a “political witch hunt.”

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“It seems that if the administration’s position is knee-jerk skepticism, that could potentially make US allies less likely to share Russia-related information with the US,” said Daveed Gartenstein-Ross, a senior fellow at the Washington, DC-based Foundation for Defense of Democracies.

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